All-American Basketball Alliance Bans Blacks, Foreigners

by January 20, 2010

The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that an all-white basketball league named the ‘All-American Basketball Alliance’ (AABA) is attempting to establish a team in Augusta, GA. Any wonder if the founders of this league realize the world is laughing at them? “Don ‘Moose’ Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA, said the reasoning behind the league’s roster restrictions is not racism. ‘There’s nothing hatred about what we’re doing,’ he said. ‘I don’t hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here’s a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like.’ Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of ‘street-ball’ played by ‘people of color.’ He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas’ indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans’ dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run. ‘Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?’ he said. ‘That’s the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction.'”